Monday, April 06, 2015

Orrin favourite for this week's Kenya Open

as David Law looks for Scottish challenge 

Nairobi's Karen Country Club will once again play host this week  to the great and good of the European Challenge Tour as the next generation of golfing superstars prepare to tee it up in the longest-running event on the circuit, the Barclays Kenya Open.
One of the names on many people’s lips ahead of this campaign will be England’s Max Orrin, thanks in part to his victory in the penultimate event of last season at the National Bank of Oman Golf Classic.
The former amateur star will headline a field chocked full of talent, including Belgium’s Pierre Relecom, Englishman William Harrold and Thomas Linard of France. They will be joined by Ricardo Gouveia, who not only won the first tournament of his professional career at last October’s EMC Golf Challenge Open, but has gone on to collect two victories already this season in his native Portugal.
Those results will give him great confidence for his first full campaign on the second tier, and he will look to cash in on the promise he has already shown by claiming a place among the top 15 who will graduate from the season-long Rankings come November.
Aberdeen's Northern Open champion David Law is among the Scots in the field

Cyril Bouniol and Lasse Jensen both came close to earning their place among the elite last season, before putting their narrow miss to one side and earn European Tour cards through the Qualifying School Final Stage soon after. The latter has also shown an affinity for the African nation, finishing runner-up in Kenya last year and in 2012.
Spain’s Borja Virto Astudillo also gained a place on The European Tour this season at PGA Catalunya Resort last November, and he will tee it up on the Challenge Tour this week looking to build some momentum.

Inaugural Graduate of the Year Justin Walters will be in Nairobi looking to regain the form that earned him a 64th place finish on The Race to Dubai in 2013. The South African will hope to kick-start his campaign in the style of compatriot Jake Roos 12 months ago, when he edged a tight encounter in Kenya’s capital.
Lukas and Tobias Nemecz will also tee it up at Karen Country Club hoping to emulate another pair of golfing brothers – the Molinaris – after Edoardo took the title in Kenya back in 2007.




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